This has to be one of the most fabulous, emotional, wonderful blogs I have EVER written and we are SO happy to share this news with you. This blog and its community has become an extension of our lives, you have supported us, shared your love, questions, frustrations, stories and lives with us, and now we can’t wait to share ours!
I have dreamed for years of being a mama … thought about how I would tell people … how I would feel … what kind of mom I would be … and here we are … Justin and I couldn’t be MORE STOKED to grow our little family!!
Justin and I have been together for almost 4 years now, and he will tell you I started talking about babies on the first date (NOT TRUE JUSTIN!!! It was the second date I clearly remember lol). But truly, I was 32 when we met, and Justin was a fresh ripe 24 (BTW I SWEAR he told me he was 27, which I rounded up to 28… so in my mind we were basically the same age HAHA). Our age difference was never really an issue for us, our love was always strong and very real and that’s all that mattered. But truth be told, I could have gotten knocked up with his baby on that second date and I probably would have been over the moon… haha… ok MAYBE too soon, but I WAS smitten. Nevertheless, the topic of babies was always front and center in our lives, and I waited patiently for Justin to ‘catch up’ in age to me … and confidently tell me he would be ready. We both decided that the year I turned 36 would be prime time … so, in late 2015, right before my 36 birthday, we “practiced for baby”… and got lucky, we found out 12 days BEFORE my 36th birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!
I can’t WAIT to tell you all about how we found out, and how we dealt with the weeks that followed (THE HOLIDAYS!!) stay tuned for blog #2 … it was CRAZY!
Until then, I wanted to let you know I feel GREAT and so far we are all very healthy and SO excited.
Being pregnant has been the WEIRDEST thing I have ever experienced. Maybe I will call it beautiful once the baby is here but for now, it’s just WEIRD. I am literally growing a tiny person. I still can’t get over that.
I don’t think about any of the things I thought I would. I mainly obsess if the baby is ok down there, if he or she will be happy, healthy, a good person, will they have a big heart. I use the Ovia App and Justin uses the “WHOS YOUR DADDY” app and every Saturday we bolt out of bed to find out “what size the baby is now” … this week it’s the size of a canary! Chirp chirp!! LOL
We have put off this post for a while, mostly because … I don’t even FEEL pregnant?? IS that normal? I keep looking down there and saying “hello bud, are you still in there??” But, with my little belly growing and friends and family starting to really buzz about our New Family Unit coming (Justin calls the baby NFU), we figured we better share the news with you before my grandma got on Facebook and did it for us LOL …
Before I end this wonderful announcement, a few of the questions our loved ones have asked:
1. We are going to keep the gender a surprise, so we don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl!
2. YES, I have kept a VERY good eye on my diet since becoming “vegan-ish.” I have been eating some local grass-fed beef about once a week, SPCA approved eggs almost daily, and ocean wise salmon a few times a week. Lots of beans, quinoa, chia seeds, yogurt, nuts, shrimp, and tofu. I’ve gone over ALL of this with my AMAZING doctor and we are feeling healthy and happy!!!
Lastly, we want to say that we are SO thankful that we have been blessed with this miracle. We realize that it’s not always easy to conceive and what a gift this is. We can’t WAIT to meet our little babe and keep you posted along the way!
Jillian & Justin (& Nacho too!!!)